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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender study launched to investigate workplace discrimination

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The world's biggest ever lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) study has been launched to highlight the true scale of workplace discrimination and reveal if diversity and inclusion programmes are working.

Community Values 2010 will investigate views on other forms of workplace discrimination such as racial harassment as well as homophobia.

 The Community Values 2010 research study is thought to be the largest and most comprehensive global LGBT research study of its kind, offering unprecedented insight into the lives of LGBT people from all walks of life across six continents.

 This ground-breaking project is being conducted by the specialist gay marketing consultancy Out Now and is currently live in 23 countries and 10 languages, covering more than 1.3 billion of the world’s population. More than 25,000 respondents have already taken part.

 The findings will be revealed in January 2011.

 Ian Johnson, founder and CEO of Out Now, said: "Preliminary results show the importance that the LGBT community places upon workplace equality. But the value of existing D&I policies is being called into question and the picture that is emerging is by no means a comfortable one.

 "Companies that demonstrate support for their LGBT employees can influence positively the spending habits of the LBGT community. This research will allow organisations to map their diversity journeys in a more engaging and effective way, using the voices of employees themselves to identity what is not working and where they need to implement change."

 Various channels have been used to reach a broad cross-section of the LGBT communities to obtain a robust and statistically viable sample. Regional and national magazines and websites, sports, social and community groups and organisations and social networking platforms have all distributed the study. The details have also been circulated to a number of HR and diversity professionals and groups.

 Areas being studied over and above workplace discrimination and equality include lifestyle, travel, consumer, relationships and demographic data.

 Two comprehensive reports, Working Voices and Equal means EqualDiversity Sells will be available from January 2011.